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Sun Apr 11 2010 (Updated 08/16/11) Embarcadero BART Protest Keeps Pressure on Agency; Mass Arrests in Olympia & Seattle Demos
BART Action Disrupts Trains with "No Justice, No Rush" in San Francisco Update 4/22/10: Tony Pirone fired

On April 8th, over 200 people demonstrated in San Francisco BART stations to push for justice and accountability in the murder of Oscar Grant with three demands: fire BART police officer Tony Pirone, charge Tony Pirone, and disband the entire BART police department. As people gathered for the action, tension was thick, as a demonstration inside a BART station had not been attempted before. Consensus was reached with those on the platform to take trains between stations in downtown San Francisco. Chants of "No justice, no rush" rang out — and demonstrators deliberately slowed their walk onto different trains in order to disrupt BART's normal rush hour schedule.

BART police and green-vested employees followed protesters — who chanted, played drums and horns — on trains to Montgomery, Powell St and Civic Center stations. Police attempted to stop the successful disruption of service by pushing or pulling demonstrators out of train car doorways, sometimes stepping in front of the doorways, refusing to allow more to enter or exit trains. BART's normal rush hour schedule was disrupted and delayed about 15 minutes in both directions by the action. One person was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to disrupting BART traffic. All charges have since been dropped.

photo Photos and Reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | video Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Message to Passengers from the Organizers

Reports from other West Coast police abuse actions on April 8th and 9th: West Coast Anti-Police Actions Continue | Solidarity and Repression in Seattle Anti-Police Protest | More arrests at Seattle police abuse demo | Communiqué From the Streets of Portland | videoPortland Road Bloc video | 29 arrested in Olympia, WA police abuse demo | pdfOlympia anti-police flier

Previous Related Indybay Feature: West Coast Days of Action Against State Violence April 8-9

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